There was quite a commotion at the Parksville Tim Hortons June 5.
Some members of the Oceanside RCMP attended but the incident that saw some community leaders behind bars was all in fun as the coffee giant once again hosted Camp Day.
The annual event helps raise money to send less fortunate kids in the community on a camping adventure of a lifetime.
The Parksville location generated $6,800, up from $6000 last year. Nationwide figures were not available at press time.
The money will be donated to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing a fun-filled camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes.
Jean Forrest, General Manager of the Parksville Tim Hortons said they are thrilled with how well Camp Day went.
“It was a great day. All the helpers were amazing,” she acknowledged.
She pointed out that Joan LeMoine made the most money in the makeshift jail that saw many community members locked up until they raised enough money to get out of the slammer.
“Joan beat everyone. It was all in fun and great for our community.”
LeMoine has been in jail a few times … for a good cause.
Well known in the community as an enthusiastic volunteer, LeMoine said she had a blast behind bars.
“I was there to have fun. It is a good cause. I will do anything for kids.”
More than 185,000 children have benefited from a Foundation camp experience since 1974.
Locally two well deserving children from School District 69 will go to the Kananaskis camp in Alberta at no cost to their families.